Derry's Manchester Road work nears completion
DERRY - The project to ease traffic congestion in one of the town's major commercial districts is nearly complete.
The $5.1 million Rte. 28/Manchester Road project is in its final stage, according to Town Administrator John Anderson.
"All the traffic signals are up and functioning on the loop system and we have heard nothing but good things from people," said Anderson. "There are a couple of tweaks that need to be made at a couple of the turning lanes."
Anderson said he has gotten many comments from people happy to no longer be sitting in the congestion along Manchester Road.
"I think a part of that is leftover construction fever, but it is a good thing to see the project finished," said Anderson.
There is still some minor work to be done next spring, he said, including the final coat of pavement on a section from Crystal Avenue to Tsienneto Road.
"But all the traffic signals are working on loops and the traffic seems to be moving quite well," said Anderson.
However, Zoning Board of Adjustment member Al Dimmock said he thought Anderson was overstating the success of the project, noting that there were issues during the project with the construction of the traffic signals and that there are still some areas of congestion, including at the Dunkin' Donuts at the entrance to the new Super Walmart off Ashleigh Drive.
"I love to go to Dunkin' Donuts, but since they put in the new interchange, it's been a heck of a time getting into the Dunkin' Donuts or getting out of it," said Dimmock. "I think you've done damage to that company and they don't really have the access that they had before."
Anderson said he understood the concerns raised by Dimmock and noted that many of them are being addressed.
"My head is not buried in the sand regarding the traffic signals," he said. "We had a long conversation with the contractor relative to the firm hired to do the signals, and I can assure you that the firm will probably not be hired by (the contractors) to do traffic signals again."
He said he also realizes there is a need for additional road striping near the Dunkin' Donuts to improve the traffic flow.
"Clearly, there are some issues, but overall, I think the assessment has been that it is an excellent project and has improved traffic in the town of Derry," said Anderson.